EXPLORING COLOUR: The use of Colour in Indigenous Art

The emergence of new Indigenous art centres throughout Australia has created new channels of opportunity for artists in remote Australia, not just in presenting their Tjukurrpa, or dreaming stories, but in pushing the boundaries of design, texture and colour.

Art Exhibition previously on at Artitja Fine Art in Western Australia, Australia.
From Friday 15 June 2012 to Sunday 01 July 2012
Launch Friday 15 June 2012, 6.30pm

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In an exhibition showcasing new work from over ten art centres and communities, some long established – others new, Artitja Fine Art will present EXPLORING COLOUR – an exhibition examining the use of colour in Indigenous art.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the Aboriginal artists use of bold, bright colour, particularly when used by the men, who might use bright fuschia, purple, pink and mauve in their paintings which is at variance to the perception that Aboriginal paintings ought to be in browns and earthy colours” says Director Anna Kanaris.

Colour expert and guest speaker Emily McCulloch Childs who will be in Perth to open the exhibition has written that classification of colour exists in Aboriginal society, as both a reflection of nature and, according to traditional practice, to represent social structures, sites and ceremonies.

For the desert painters, particularly those from Yuendumu, Utopia, Papunya, and the APY Lands, the bright colours afforded by acrylic paint have given their artistic practice a joyous burst of life. Bright colours also have symbolism like the more earthy palette of ochre does. The desert artists are able to render their landscape in evocative, emotional depictions of dreaming stories, titles deeds to country, song cycles, mythology and law, in a palette ranging from bright and sunny to moody and dark, through paint on canvas.

“Expect bursts of colour on the wall from artists from as far afield as the Kimberley to the Eastern Central desert and the APY lands in a fusion of ochre, acrylic and fibre mediums” says Kanaris. “In addition we are very pleased to have two very special guests and newcomers to the art scene, Frank Walsh Snr and Clarrie Cameron from the newest Western Australia art centre, Wirnda Barna, at Mt Magnet attending the opening.”

EXPLORING COLOUR is free to the public opening 6.30pm on the 15TH June and will run until the 1st July daily from 11am to 5pm, exhibiting at Earlywork, 330 South Terrace, South Fremantle.

Associated Events
MYTH, MARK MAKING,COLOUR & SYMBOLOGY IN ABORIGINAL ART – an illustrated talk
Thursday 14 June 2012 7.00-8.30pm